Man donates blood 98 times in 20yrs

May 15, 2010

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PESHAWAR: 38-year-old Sohail Anjum has donated his blood to Thalassemia children 98 times in a span of 20 years.

The resident of Peshawar works as a plumber in a government organisation in Peshawar.

Anjum donated his blood for the first time at the age of 17, and from then on has been giving blood every year.

He said he is a poor man, and with little money to give as alms and Zakat, he donates blood instead.

Sohail said he feels completely healthy, and is aiming for a century of his blood donations.

6,000 NWFP contract employees regularised

October 23, 2009


PESHAWAR – The NWFP Assembly on Thursday passed a law regularizing all the contract and ad hoc employees which will benefit around 6,000 employees in various departments presently working on contract and ad hoc basis in the whole province.

NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour presented the NWFP Employees (Regularization of Services) Bill, 2009 on the floor of the house and after heated discussion it was passed.

It is worth mentioning here that NWFP Governor had regularized the contract and ad hoc employees through an ordinance sometime in September 2009. That ordinance was made an act with amendments moved by the opposition lawmakers. 

The mover informed his colleagues that it would benefit around 6,000 employees presently working in various departments on contract and ad hoc basis. He said that previous governments had appointed these contact and ad hoc employees. “We also amended the bill so the seniority of permanent employees and those qualifying the Public Service Commission (PSC) could not be affected”. 

The NWFP Assembly also passed a bill making mandatory for the would-be couple to conduct Thalassemia and Hepatitis C test before solemnizing the marriage. The bill named the North-West Frontier Province Preventive Health Bill, 2009, was tabled by ANP MPA Saqibullah Chamkani which was passed with amendments moved by JUI (F) MPA Mufti Kifayatullah. 

In order to take preventive health measures in the province, every marriage in the province before solemnizing would fulfil the preventive health measures that are Thalassemia and Hepatitis C tests. 

According to the new law, the result of the tests (whatever it might be) would have no effect on the marriage being solemnized. Before solemnizing, the Nikah Registrar would obtain test reports of premarital screening of spouses, it added. The Nikah Registrar would also keep and maintain the reports for at least two years from the date the marriage was solemnized. 

Meanwhile, during the question-answer session, the lawmakers underlined the shortage of police force and fewer facilities. Keeping in view the worsening law and order situation, they were of the view that police should be strengthened to face the insurgency in NWFP. 

The legislators hailing from the far-off areas demanded of the government to ensure the availability of medicines in public sector hospitals. Later the speaker adjourned the session for Monday.

Preventive Health Bill moved in PA Couples to show Thalassemia, Hapatitis-C reports Ali Sheikh

October 3, 2009

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PESHAWAR: The Government on Thursday, presented in the Provincial Assembly The NWFP Preventive Health Bill, 2009. According to the Bill a Nikah registrar before solemnizing the marriage shall obtain premarital medical test reports of both bride and bridegroom regarding Thalassemia and Hepatitis C. These premarital medical tests of the two dangerous diseases would be mandatory and would help in spreading health awareness and would educate the future parents about the diseases as if infected they may give birth to the children with these contagious fatal diseases. According to the bill the nikah registrar shall keep the record of the medical reports for at least three years from the date the marriage is solemnized. Similarly, the license of a nikah registrar who solemnizes a marriage without obtaining these medical will be cancelled.

According to the bill, if a person other than a nikah registrar solemnizes a marriage in which the medical reports are not presented, the person will be fined Rs. 10,000. MPA Saqibullah Khan Chamkani presented the bill. Meanwhile,

The Provincial Motor vehicles (NWFP) (Ammendment) Bill, 2009 was also presented in the House. According to the amendment made the offender may deposit the challan fee in ‘any bank’ . Before it was written in the bill that the offender can only deposit the challan fee in only National Bank of Pakistan and Khyber Bank. This will help the offender in finding a bank and thus to deposit the challan fee easily. Meanwhile, 15 resolutions were also presented in the Provincial Assembly on Thursday.

Out of which eight resolutions were passed unanimously while others were either withdrawn by the movers or were lapsed because the movers were not present.

5000 children born with thalassemia annually in Pak

September 14, 2009

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PESHAWAR: Over 5000 children are born with transfusion dependent thalassemia annually in Pakistan and 65 percent of them belonge to NWFP.

According to the three yearly report of Hamza Welfare Foundation in Peshawar the NGO has provided 14,543 patients with healthy blood.

Presently 550 patients are registered with the organisation. Out of which 455 patients are suffering from thalassemia; 58 from haemophilia and 37 from blood cancer. The majority of the patients include minors.

The Foundation is making efforts for facilitating free medical services to the poor and deserving; and a large number of people are supporting the organisation in this regard.

World Blood Donor Day

July 12, 2009

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Thalassemic kids in need of frequent donations

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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PESHAWAR: The Hamza Foundation Blood Services Saturday urged the masses to donate blood to organisation so as lives of innocent children suffering from thalassemia could be saved.

Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, chairman of the foundation Ejaz Ali Khan said due to the military operation in certain areas of the province, the foundation could not collect blood for thalassemia patients.

He also demanded of the government to announce extra marks to the students who donate blood. “In this way we will be able to persuade the students to donate blood,” he said.

Flanked by Dr Fakhar Zaman, medical director of the foundation, he said that the Hamza Foundation had 539 registered patients of thalassemia, haemophilia and blood cancer.

Beside, he said, the foundation also provides blood to other patients free of cost. “We need 700 blood bags monthly to cater to the needs of patients registered with the foundation,” he said.

Dr Ejaz said that the medical science had confirmed that a healthy person, from 18 to 50 years of age, could donate blood four times a year. He said that blood donation also diminishes the possibility of hepatitis and AIDS.

He said that the World Donors Day would be observed today (Sunday) to create awareness among the people to donate blood. He said that presently about 80 million people across the world donate blood amongst them 39 per cent are from under-developed countries.

He said that in Pakistan 70 percent of the donated blood is given to thalassemia patients.

Dr Ejaz said that during the last three years the Hamza Foundation collected blood from over 12,000 volunteers, majority of which comes from student community.

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